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Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 Infections Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts

Advice to Consumers

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Clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts

  • Be aware that raw clover sprouts have not been recalled from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts.
  • According to FDA, Evergreen Fresh Sprouts reported further production and distribution of raw clover sprouts grown from the same seed lot that was associated with this outbreak. Be aware that sprouts from this seed lot may still be in the marketplace.
  • Because contaminated sprouts may still be available in the marketplace, CDC and FDA recommend that consumers do not eat any raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts.
    • People who have raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts at home should not eat them and should throw them out, even if some of the product has been eaten and no one has become ill.
    • If you have raw clover sprouts at home, check the label for Evergreen Fresh Sprouts. When in doubt, throw it out.
    • If you eat raw clover sprouts at a restaurant, ask the restaurant where their sprouts came from.
    • If you buy raw clover sprouts at a store, check the label for Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, or ask the store where their sprouts came from.
  • Contact your health care provider if you think you may have become ill from eating raw clover sprouts.
    • People usually get sick from STEC 2-8 days (average of 3-4 days) after swallowing the organism (germ).
    • Most people infected with STEC develop diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps.
    • Most people recover within a week.
    • People of any age can become infected. Very young children and the elderly are more likely than others to develop severe illness and complications such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), but even healthy older children and young adults can become seriously ill.
  • Always practice food safety for sprouts.
    • Sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness.
    • Children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).
    • Cook sprouts thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness. Cooking thoroughly kills the harmful bacteria.
    • Persons who think they might have become ill from eating potentially contaminated raw clover sprouts should consult their health care providers.

Advice to Restaurants and Retailers

  • Be aware that raw clover sprouts have not been recalled from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts.
  • According to FDA, Evergreen Fresh Sprouts reported further production and distribution of raw clover sprouts grown from the same seed lot that was associated with this outbreak. Be aware that sprouts from this seed lot may still be in the marketplace.
  • Because contaminated sprouts may still be available in the marketplace, CDC and FDA recommend that restaurants and retailers do not sell or serve any raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts.
    • Restaurants and retailers who have raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts should not sell or serve them, even if some of the product has been used and no one has reported becoming ill.
  • Always practice food safety for sprouts.
    • Sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness.
    • Children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).
    • Cook sprouts thoroughly to reduce the risk of illness. Cooking sprouts thoroughly kills any harmful bacteria.
    • Persons who think they might have become ill from eating potentially contaminated raw clover sprouts should consult their health care providers.

 

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